Psychiatrists in 95825

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Julia Reece
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Julia C. Reece is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2013. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, an MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her Psychiatry residency at UC Davis Medical Center Psychiatry Training Program. Julia takes an individualized, patient-centered approach to care. As a psychiatrist, she prescribes medications when needed, provides psychotherapy as her schedule allows, and always supports patients in improving their overall health and wellbeing.
Julia C. Reece is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2013. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, an MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her Psychiatry residency at UC Davis Medical Center Psychiatry Training Program. Julia takes an individualized, patient-centered approach to care. As a psychiatrist, she prescribes medications when needed, provides psychotherapy as her schedule allows, and always supports patients in improving their overall health and wellbeing.
(916) 702-3647 View (916) 702-3647
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Patricia Tinglin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Patricia Tinglin is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco and is dually board-certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in many diverse areas as a Nurse Practitioner, including psychiatry, primary care, urgent care, pulmonary medicine, and academia. She is well versed in working with patients of all ages and has experience working with mild, moderate, and severe mental health disorders.
Patricia Tinglin is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco and is dually board-certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in many diverse areas as a Nurse Practitioner, including psychiatry, primary care, urgent care, pulmonary medicine, and academia. She is well versed in working with patients of all ages and has experience working with mild, moderate, and severe mental health disorders.
(916) 587-4348 View (916) 587-4348
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Charter Yang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95825
With my extensive education from top universities like UC San Francisco and Samuel Merritt University in Sacramento, I take a holistic approach to healthcare. I consider every aspect of your physical and mental well-being, your cultural background, and your spiritual beliefs to create a personalized treatment plan that will help you thrive. I take a collaborative approach to customize a treatment plan which includes medication, brief psychotherapy, and lifestyle modifications. My ideal patients' goals are symptom reduction and self empowerment. I can't wait to hear your story and partner with you on your journey to optimal health.
With my extensive education from top universities like UC San Francisco and Samuel Merritt University in Sacramento, I take a holistic approach to healthcare. I consider every aspect of your physical and mental well-being, your cultural background, and your spiritual beliefs to create a personalized treatment plan that will help you thrive. I take a collaborative approach to customize a treatment plan which includes medication, brief psychotherapy, and lifestyle modifications. My ideal patients' goals are symptom reduction and self empowerment. I can't wait to hear your story and partner with you on your journey to optimal health.
(916) 542-6406 View (916) 542-6406
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Angela Yuen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I appreciate the idea of patients having not only access to medication management and psychotherapy but also the latest interventional psychiatric treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. I see TMS and Esketamine as great options for patients to consider when medication management and therapy alone do not provide adequate relief for depression. I am excited to see how these treatments evolve and develop over time as accessibility to these modalities improves.
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I appreciate the idea of patients having not only access to medication management and psychotherapy but also the latest interventional psychiatric treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. I see TMS and Esketamine as great options for patients to consider when medication management and therapy alone do not provide adequate relief for depression. I am excited to see how these treatments evolve and develop over time as accessibility to these modalities improves.
(916) 527-9292 View (916) 527-9292
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Peter M Gaffney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Hi everyone. I'm an analytically-trained psychiatrist with a background in family medical practice and also in Buddhism. At this point my practice is adult psychotherapy and I am no longer treating patients who need medication, nor do I treat children. Although I'm trained in psychoanalytic therapy, my approach varies according to individual needs. I see depressed or anxious patients , those struggling with losses, stress, life events, or in their relationships and other issues as well. I have a particular interest in those with severe depression. I also offer individual training in psychodynamics to adult therapists.
Hi everyone. I'm an analytically-trained psychiatrist with a background in family medical practice and also in Buddhism. At this point my practice is adult psychotherapy and I am no longer treating patients who need medication, nor do I treat children. Although I'm trained in psychoanalytic therapy, my approach varies according to individual needs. I see depressed or anxious patients , those struggling with losses, stress, life events, or in their relationships and other issues as well. I have a particular interest in those with severe depression. I also offer individual training in psychodynamics to adult therapists.
(916) 866-1239 View (916) 866-1239
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Mindful Health Solutions - Keith Lui, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I treat patients who suffer from depression and anxiety. I see Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a safe treatment with limited side effects that can create lasting improvement for patients, especially for patients who have not found a medication regiment that provides the relief they seek.
I treat patients who suffer from depression and anxiety. I see Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a safe treatment with limited side effects that can create lasting improvement for patients, especially for patients who have not found a medication regiment that provides the relief they seek.
(916) 758-9109 View (916) 758-9109
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Mindful Health Solution - Rhea Singson-Tapang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825  (Online Only)
I take care of patients, include help with prescribing and managing medications, who have a variety of psychiatric disorders such as Major Depressive Disorders (MDD), bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders.
I take care of patients, include help with prescribing and managing medications, who have a variety of psychiatric disorders such as Major Depressive Disorders (MDD), bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders.
(916) 318-5729 View (916) 318-5729
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Sacramento Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Welcome to Sacramento Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. My name is Sanh Nguyen, and I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 11 years of experience. I am trained in Osteopathic medicine and have a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatry. Let's work together to help you find mastery in your relationships with family, friends, coworkers and yourself. My approach to psychiatry is collaborative and patient centered. I support and empower my patients to have an active role in their mental health care.
Welcome to Sacramento Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. My name is Sanh Nguyen, and I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 11 years of experience. I am trained in Osteopathic medicine and have a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatry. Let's work together to help you find mastery in your relationships with family, friends, coworkers and yourself. My approach to psychiatry is collaborative and patient centered. I support and empower my patients to have an active role in their mental health care.
(530) 454-8674 View (530) 454-8674
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Kelsey Salzberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Kelsey Salzberg is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist in California practicing since 2012. She obtained her Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and completed her Adult Psychiatric Residency at UC San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. She served as Chief Resident of Outpatient Services and was awarded an Area of Distinction in Women's Mental Health during residency. Dr. Salzberg uses an integrative approach in care involving medications and psychotherapy as appropriate for each individual.
Kelsey Salzberg is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist in California practicing since 2012. She obtained her Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and completed her Adult Psychiatric Residency at UC San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. She served as Chief Resident of Outpatient Services and was awarded an Area of Distinction in Women's Mental Health during residency. Dr. Salzberg uses an integrative approach in care involving medications and psychotherapy as appropriate for each individual.
(916) 313-2241 View (916) 313-2241
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Mindful Health Solutions - Jason Garner, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I focus on helping patients with mood disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders. I find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) allows another access point to healing for those suffering from mental illness and can make a difference in helping a patient find relief.
I focus on helping patients with mood disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders. I find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) allows another access point to healing for those suffering from mental illness and can make a difference in helping a patient find relief.
(916) 758-9480 View (916) 758-9480
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Shawn Hersevoort
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I am a very experienced, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist who has worked in a broad range of treatment settings including public, private, and academic medical centers. My approach to treatment can best be understood by following the course of my education. I first studied biochemistry, where I learned to appreciate the importance of rigorous clinical research, ongoing education, and the power of medications. I then studied clinical psychology, where the focus was on understanding relationships, personalities, and cultures.
I am a very experienced, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist who has worked in a broad range of treatment settings including public, private, and academic medical centers. My approach to treatment can best be understood by following the course of my education. I first studied biochemistry, where I learned to appreciate the importance of rigorous clinical research, ongoing education, and the power of medications. I then studied clinical psychology, where the focus was on understanding relationships, personalities, and cultures.
(916) 668-4108 View (916) 668-4108
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iPsychiatry inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
IPsychiatry inc is a private psychiatry practice dedicated to helping individuals live vital and fulfilling lives. No matter what challenges life serves up. Working collaboratively with you , we identify personalized strategies to produce concrete results so that you can move towards whatever you truly care about.
IPsychiatry inc is a private psychiatry practice dedicated to helping individuals live vital and fulfilling lives. No matter what challenges life serves up. Working collaboratively with you , we identify personalized strategies to produce concrete results so that you can move towards whatever you truly care about.
(916) 713-3247 View (916) 713-3247
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Thao Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I am an ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Although, that wasn't always the case! After obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary's (go Athenians! ), I worked in the hospital on the Respiratory Unit until I took a leap into outpatient dermatology and medical aesthetics. It was during that time, talking with my clients, I knew I wanted to have a more profound impact on helping others achieve improved mental and emotional health. I decided to go back to school and get my Master's in Nursing from California State University Long Beach.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Although, that wasn't always the case! After obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary's (go Athenians! ), I worked in the hospital on the Respiratory Unit until I took a leap into outpatient dermatology and medical aesthetics. It was during that time, talking with my clients, I knew I wanted to have a more profound impact on helping others achieve improved mental and emotional health. I decided to go back to school and get my Master's in Nursing from California State University Long Beach.
(916) 794-7367 View (916) 794-7367
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Constance Henderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Constance Henderson earned a Doctor in Nursing Practice and specializes as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Oregon Health & Science University. She has been in practice since 2017. Constance firmly embraces a holistic approach to patient care, placing significant emphasis on the multifaceted roles that social, psychological, and environmental factors play in shaping one’s health and overall well-being. She champions the unique capacity of the nursing framework to bridge the divide between physical and psychiatric health realms.
Constance Henderson earned a Doctor in Nursing Practice and specializes as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Oregon Health & Science University. She has been in practice since 2017. Constance firmly embraces a holistic approach to patient care, placing significant emphasis on the multifaceted roles that social, psychological, and environmental factors play in shaping one’s health and overall well-being. She champions the unique capacity of the nursing framework to bridge the divide between physical and psychiatric health realms.
(916) 299-8850 View (916) 299-8850
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Rachel Martino
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95825
Dr. Rachel Martino is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2019. She obtained her Medical Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed Psychiatry Residency at the University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in Sacramento, California. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2023. Dr. Martino specializes in women’s mental health and works with women or female-identifying patients ages 18-64.
Dr. Rachel Martino is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2019. She obtained her Medical Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed Psychiatry Residency at the University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in Sacramento, California. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2023. Dr. Martino specializes in women’s mental health and works with women or female-identifying patients ages 18-64.
(916) 884-5411 View (916) 884-5411
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Christian Small
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM, ABFM
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
(442) 276-3545 View (442) 276-3545
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Faisal Ahmed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Neuro-developmental disorders, such as autism, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities, significantly impact a person's cognitive, emotional, and social development. The need for mental health support in these cases is paramount. These individuals often face challenges in communication, social interaction, and managing emotions, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Effective mental health interventions tailored to their unique needs can provide crucial coping strategies, emotional regulation tools, and social skills training. By addressing their mental well-being alongside their developmental challenges,
Neuro-developmental disorders, such as autism, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities, significantly impact a person's cognitive, emotional, and social development. The need for mental health support in these cases is paramount. These individuals often face challenges in communication, social interaction, and managing emotions, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Effective mental health interventions tailored to their unique needs can provide crucial coping strategies, emotional regulation tools, and social skills training. By addressing their mental well-being alongside their developmental challenges,
(916) 602-4299 View (916) 602-4299
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Mindful Health Solutions - Kevin Rosi, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I specialize in treating patients with Mood Depressive Disorders (MDD), which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, may impact 14-17% of the adult population in their lifetime. Also known as "clinical depression", patients who suffer from this may be treated with medication, interventional psychotherapy, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
I specialize in treating patients with Mood Depressive Disorders (MDD), which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, may impact 14-17% of the adult population in their lifetime. Also known as "clinical depression", patients who suffer from this may be treated with medication, interventional psychotherapy, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(844) 525-6246 View (844) 525-6246
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Well Psyche Medical Group Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
www.WellPsyche.com Balancing mental and physical wellness is an art and a science! Dr. Adel is an expert in the field of psychiatry. He treats children, adolescents, and adults. His practice offers the latest in Telemedicine, allowing you to visit with your doctor from the convenience of your home or work. Dr. Adel takes a conservative approach to medication management and strives to help his clients consistently function at their best without side effects.
www.WellPsyche.com Balancing mental and physical wellness is an art and a science! Dr. Adel is an expert in the field of psychiatry. He treats children, adolescents, and adults. His practice offers the latest in Telemedicine, allowing you to visit with your doctor from the convenience of your home or work. Dr. Adel takes a conservative approach to medication management and strives to help his clients consistently function at their best without side effects.
(424) 351-9037 View (424) 351-9037
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(949) 993-0199 View (949) 993-0199

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 95825

20+

Average cost per session

$245

Psychiatrists in 95825 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
62% ADHD
62% Trauma and PTSD
48% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Optum
89% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 95825 see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Female
46% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 95825?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.